After leading his party to a sixth consecutive win in his home state of Gujarat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday reiterated that the Gujarat polls were fought on the issue of development and ascribed the imminent victory of the party “purely” to development.”The victory was purely achieved on the subject of development. It’s a truth that is giving a new direction to India’s politics, which the public of Gujarat has given its approval to,” Modi said in an address to ecstatic workers at the party headquarters in New Delhi.Giving, yet again, a personal touch to politics, he said: “Thirty years ago, the poison of caste spread so badly in Gujarat that it took workers like me 30 years to get rid of it.”The Prime Minister, who spoke before the final numbers were announced, termed the party’s imminent victory as “historic”. “In this day and age, for a party to keep winning for so long is an extraordinary achievement. In Gujarat, BJP won all the seats it contested in 1989 Lok Sabha polls. We won most of the seats we contested in 1990. In 1995, in 1998, in 2002, in 2007 and in 2012 we won. We won most seats in Lok Sabha polls too,” Modi said.Modi also took a jab at the Congress, saying “The country has a government which has no ulterior intentions.”On Twitter, where he is one of the most-followed politicians in the world, the Prime Minister wrote: “The victory in Gujarat is special. Starting from 1989, people of Gujarat have been blessing BJP in every Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha election. It is an honour to be serving Gujarat for so many years. We will continue to work for Gujarat’s growth.”In his victory speech, Modi also lauded Gujarat’s party workers for continuing developmental work in the state. “For me, Gujarat polls are a matter of double happiness, because after I left the state three years ago, my colleagues there continued the good work,” he added.”In last few months, there were attempts again to sow seeds of casteism, but people rejected it, I congratulate them, but people must be alert. So many conspiracies were hatched in Gujarat by Congress, misinformation was being spread. People cannot bear it if anyone makes fun of ‘vikas’ (development).”

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